• A Cruel Combo

    It's that time of year again... The back-to-school fliers are starting to show up in the mail, stores are stocked up with school supplies, Bed Bath & Beyond has sent out their 20% off for your student's dorm needs (and their extensive list of all the must-haves that your college freshman MUST HAVE to survive in the wilderness that is dorm living). I observe all these goings-on from a slightly

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    The Introvert-Extrovert Dilemma

    When I was in school, I was a nerd - brainiac, geek, dork, you know who I mean. When the teacher asked a question, there I was with my hand in the air (I never got the memo about boys not liking smart girls). I just felt so bad for the teachers when they would ask a question and no one offered any feedback. I felt it was my duty to relieve their distress and at least attempt an answer. Sometimes I

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    We need better communication skills

    One of the most common things I hear from couples seeking counseling is that they have problems communicating. I would wager that the problem isn't that they don't actually communicate. They likely say a lot of words to each other... it's just that they probably don't feel like they are being heard and understood. That's really what people are looking for. We all want to feel heard and understood,

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    R-E-S-P-E-C-T

    We take classes in English, math, chemistry, physics, art, history, accounting - you name it! Who hasn't sat through one of those classes thinking, "When am I ever going to USE this?" So why aren't there classes in things we really need to know about? Things that are confusing, yet part of our daily lives... Like relationships? Hmmm? Does anyone wish we were required to take one of those classes?

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    What Can I Do To Manage My Feelings in This Chaotic World of Political Change?

    I couldn't help but notice the increased traffic through my office toward the end of 2016. November and December have traditionally been fairly quiet for my practice. Not in 2016. Was it a coincidence, or was my popularity a result of more people dealing with so many mixed emotions, some of which may have been due to the outcome of the 2016 election? I can't know for sure. What I do know is

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    Everyone Owns Their Feelings

    If everything we have is taken from us, one thing that we will always have is how we feel. When I like something or someone, I don't need for anyone to understand why. I've had people ask me, "Is it bad that I like..." My answer is almost always, "You like what you like. There's no good or bad about it." When people have made choices they regret later on, they often say, "I should have listened to

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    And, GO!

    31 Jan 2016 | Jodi
    And, GO!

    Launching on this blog journey means I will publicly state my own opinion. Scary. I've been conscious, in my responsible-adult-first-a-good-example-parent-and-then-a-professional way to be very careful about when, where, and how I express my opinions. "Don't talk about politics or religion." Sometimes it may be offensive. Other times, hurtful. Often - like at work - stating my opinion could be an

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